Local long distance runner Stephen Muzhingi, who came out third at last years race, is once again expected to carry Zimbabwe s hopes.
Muzhingi already has four gold medals under his belt in the event, the last one coming at last years race, where he clocked 5 hours 39 minutes and 39 seconds.
The Comrades Marathon is run annually between the Kwazulu-Natal province -Pietermaritzburg, and the coastal city of Durban.
The prize is a whooping R220 000 each for the first male and female runner to cross the winning line.
Dates for the race, traditionally held in June, have been pushed forward to May, to make way for the FIFA 2009 soccer Confederations Cup and the 2010 World Cup, both to be played in South Africa beginning June.
Marco Mambo is also one of the Zimbabwean athletes who have dominated South African races since 2001, having been crowned champion of the 2004, 2005, and 2008 Two Oceans Marathon.
His countryman, Elijah Mutandiro also boasts an impressive record, with two victories in the Nedbank Soweto Marathon.
JOHANNESBURG -- Zimbabwean athletes are tipped to put up another impressive performance in the 84th annual comrades marathon race, to take place in South Africa today.
Close to 13 000 athletes have signed up for the 90km race, described by the organisers as the strongest field since the all-time record of 20 000 runners that was set in 2000.